Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sewing projects

Wow, I am way more of a slacker then I thought. I can't believe it has been 20 days since my last post. It has been wild around here. My graduation ceremony was last weekend. I am now officially a Certified Pharmacy Technician.
My sis Sasha, me, and my bro Alex
3/4 of my kiddos and me
Me and my dad
Me and my mama

 Here is the finished purse I made for my bestie:

I have been sewing a lot. I made this purse following the pattern I found here. It is called the Debut Purse. 
I had a great time finding fabric for this. And I love the button closure. The angles are a little sharp for me though. 

I modified the pattern and made one for my sister for Mother's Day. I love the shape of this one. 
I added an inside pocket to this one. I really wanted to keep this one, I hope she uses the heck out of it:)

My daughter was invited to a birthday party and I thought I would make her friend a cute little purse. Little girls love purses. 
The fabric was in a little bundle at JoAnns, not sure what it is called. I wanted something that was pretty but still little girlish. 

I can't remember what website I found the pattern on. I only used the shape though. I changed the straps and added a snap closure and a pocket.
Her friend really liked it.

I was having a difficult time figuring out what to do for my mom's birthday. For Mother's Day I got her this:
 I know that I am a great daughter. I had to find something great for her birthday and I wanted to make it myself. 
I found a great tutorial here.
This is what I ended up with
 Mom loves it, or at least she told me she does:)

I have a ton of stuff planned for the next couple weeks. My man and my dad both have birthdays next weekend and then fathers day is just after. I will be busy.

I promise to post more often. I have so many ideas it just is a challenge to be able to just sit and type for a few minutes.
Love you guys.

 I am linked up here at 30 handmade days.

Friday, May 6, 2011

A new purse

I am super excited today because I have been using my sewing machine. I was having some serious withdrawals from just looking at it. Strange how a couple months ago I did not have any desire to sew anything.
Our anniversary was a week ago and I wanted to make Paul something that he could use. He has been barbequing for us whenever he has a chance so I made him an apron. I did not use a pattern or a tutorial. I know what an apron looks like and I knew what I wanted it to look like. I just kinda went from there.
Paul was super happy and super surprised. 
I even bought chicken buttons for the neck strap. Um yeah, Paul is a little obsessed with chickens. He treats ours like his babies. But that is another blog post. 
The one thing I am going to change is the letters for his name. I was not using my head and sewed the pocket on before the letters so I had to rely on the iron on stickiness. Needless to say, the adhesive left something to be to be desired. I will hand sew them this weekend. 
Yesterday I was feeling that urge again. I looked up the tutorial I had posted last week for the cell phone case and got to sewing. I found some great chicken fabric the other day and Paul was quite eager to have a cell phone holder out of said fabric. I told you, he is obsessed. I don't have a picture of it as of yet but it turned out decent. I added a snap to it and that was difficult to sew on but it works. I also added a belt loop thingy so he can hang it on his pants at work.
When that was finished I was still feeling the need to sew. I have had all sorts of ideas in the last few weeks of what I want to make. Some of these things are from different blogs (that are awesome) and some are just in my head. 
I found some really great fabric(isn't it all great?) and did some cutting and sewing and embellishing and when I was done I had a pretty great purse. I finished it up this morning.

I put pockets on the inside for my WW point counter, tweezers, (what? I have eyebrows ok) cell phone and a pen. 
There is also a pocket on the front. I am loving it. My mom and I went to JoAnns today and the lady at the cutting counter complimented it! It is so nice to be able to tell someone that I made that. When we were there I bought the fabric for the duffel bag I am making Paul for his birthday next month.
One more thing, last week Paul built me some shelves for the hall closet so I had a good place for my fabric. I love it! He did such a great job. I can see what I have now and that makes it easier to become inspired. I will try and get some pictures and post them later.
It has been a super productive couple days. I am looking forward to doing more sewing over the weekend. 
I hope all you moms have a great Mothers Day.

I am linked up here:Weekend Wrapup Party at Tatertots and Jello